CBS announced today that new series Mission Unstoppable is joining the Saturday morning block “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!,” which returns for its seventh season Saturday, Sept. 28th (9:00-12:00 ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Each week, host and Executive Producer Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) and an all-female leadership team showcase women on the cutting edge of science – including zoologists, engineers, astronauts, codebreakers, and oceanographers. Viewers will be inspired by female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) superstars in leading fields including social media, entertainment, animals, design, and the internet – all categories key to the teen experience.
Academy-Award winning actor and advocate Geena Davis serves as co-executive producer of the series, bringing her passion for creating change in the portrayal of strong female characters in entertainment and media that positively influences young viewers.
“Strong female role models are essential to breaking down barriers and educating the next generation of leaders about gender equality,” said Geena Davis, Executive Producer, Mission Unstoppable. “Girls need to see themselves on and off the screen as STEM professionals, and as I always say, ‘If they can see it, they can be it.’ This new series strives to empower young women and showcase the many ways they can impact the world through careers in STEM.”
Serving as Showrunner is Anna Wenger, four-time Emmy-nominated producer for Billy on The Street, Between Two Ferns, and Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles. Wenger’s expertise in narrative television and sketch comedy television series will provide Mission Unstoppable with its core intent to bring fun and science to life for young viewers.
Mission Unstoppable is produced by Litton Entertainment in collaboration with IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, who will also serve as an Executive Producer on the series. Together, the production partners seek to further advance women in STEM by empowering innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers through media and learning experiences. A network of 100+ women STEM professionals from around the country who are serving as IF/THEN Ambassadors will energize and support the show’s storytelling. A list of the 100+ Ambassadors, some of which will be featured on the series, will be announced shortly.
“IF/THEN is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls and open their eyes to STEM careers,” said Nicole Small, President of Lyda Hill Philanthropies and co-founder of the IF/THEN Initiative. “Inspiring girls with authentic role models of women in STEM through media that is fun to watch like Mission Unstoppable is core to our strategy. Ubiquity among these young women as they consume content, on television and digital platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, helps pique their interest in STEM careers.”